Robin Pizzo

WKAR Director of Education

Robin Pizzo leads the education outreach efforts of WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University, the PBS and NPR affiliate serving Michigan's capital region. Robin convenes partnerships and coordinates station initiatives such as WKAR Family and Ready to Learn to bring workshops, learning tools, and other resources into the community to help kids be resilient, lifelong learners.

Robin joined WKAR in January 2018.

Prior to joining WKAR, she was Director/Student Success Coach at Lansing Community College; before that, she spent many years in the K-12 educational arena in various capacities, including teaching.

Robin Pizzo has a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Wayne State University and a Master's degree in Education from Marygrove College.
 

updated 11/2/18

A: Co-viewing a program with your child has many positive impacts in learning. In partnership with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, WKAR’s Ready to Learn programs are a kid magnet, with over 14 million views each year. Therefore, selecting one of WKAR’s beloved PBS KIDS programs is a great way to start preparing your child for the rigors of kindergarten.

A: Daily reading can begin as soon as day one for a newborn. One of my all-time favorite priorities at WKAR is providing a vast selection of diverse books, to children throughout the viewing region at a variety of events. There is nothing quite like a table full of books surrounded by children with big, bright eyes excited to select their very own new book. Parents and caregivers take special care in holding up different titles and offering the most powerful aspect of the experience: the right to choose.

A: As a parent and educator for over twenty years, I must admit I’m still learning how to effectively achieve this and now with COVID19, less stress seems to be impossible. We are still navigating through uncertain times. Daily we learn of new protocols, procedures and recommendations to stay safe and healthy. We have very little control of them, but we can control how much we take on to make life easier this season and beyond. “Less is More” is the motto I like to follow when trying to decrease stress levels. Here are a few more tips. 

A: Michigan’s public television stations, in partnership with leading educators and community leaders, have announced the creation of the Michigan Learning Channel (MLC).

 

Michigan’s public television stations, in partnership with leading educators and community leaders, have announced the creation of the Michigan Learning Channel (MLC).

 

A: At the push of a button, parents are able to access their child’s grades and all the reasons behind the grades. These digital tools have both benefits and drawbacks, and managing them requires scheduling and patience.

A: There is an immense amount of information being offered to parents these days especially with the COVID-19 pandemic. I recognize this can produce an overwhelmed feeling. Information can be seen as both a blessing and a curse: be selective about what you read, review and digest and save the rest for when a need for the advice arises.  

 

A: In a perfect world, I suggest living on the roof top and staring at the universe for a night or two. Or maybe even painting your walls to depict galaxies, the world of dinosaurs and a land filled with robots and glitter.

A: Play involves executive functioning skills children need in order to navigate the world we live in and support learning new skills. Executive function includes organization, sustained attention, time management, emotion control, goal completion, problem solving, and negotiation skills just to name a few.

A: I would hope the answer would be, “I’m fine.” Yet, I know when this question is asked of me, oftentimes I’m not fine.

Guess what -- it is okay! Because not being fine in the moment does not mean you’re not strong and resilient. Need proof? Well, whether you’re a parent, a caregiver, a grandparent or an educator, navigating all that 2020 has thrown your way is clear evidence of your strength and resilience.

A: These concepts can be difficult to explain for adults let alone for children to understand. Yet they are principles that are extremely important to learn; the earlier, the better.  One suggestion is by learning about people who have exemplified these ideas and used them to help others. As Mr. Rogers and Daniel Tiger would say, “Look for the helpers.” 

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